Ah, yes. colors. when one opens MSP they see the 28 colors provided and turn away, dun they? after all, who can make a doll on those colors alone? the proper colors seem all but inaccessible in MSP sometimes. well this isn't so, of course!
Not much to do with it, it only comes in those 28 colors. and though they are very useful for starting things out, we all would like a little more color, yes?. let's break down the important parts of the color bar.
To access more colors from your pallet, simply doubleclick any of the 28 colors on the pallet and a window like this will open up:
So now you see quite a bit more colors available to you now! ::counts:: 48 colors to choose from now! To choose the color you want from these 48, you click on the color you want and click "OK". Now you have a new color on the pallet to play with! But, the world is not 48 colors, huh? What if the colors in this window not what you wanted? MSP thought of that, aren't they darling? Open up the window again and click the button that says "Define Custom Colors". The window will look like this (not exactly like this, the Gif Monster ate up a great deal of it, but you get the idea):
Now you have hundreds of color choices you can make yourself! Not only is there a wide range of colors. but you can change the gray-scale of it too, to make it as light or as dark as you want.
Now, the use of the custom colors part of the pallet.
This is not so much the way to make a pallet as it is a whole other place to put the colors you want, so they don't make a clusterfuck mess on the 28 color pallet MSP gives you to work with. So the original colors aren't completely lost when you want a different color, but you don't, say, want to replace the black when you already replaced the red with the custom color you made. well, here you can store up to 16 colors to use and keep on hand for your dolling purposes.
Did that make sense?... I hope so. well pictures always make sense! so, let's move onto some visuals! Here is a little animation on how exactly to make a custom color:
Here is what's going on:
If you cannot make a gradient pallet with the custom colors, then what good is it? well, we finally get to go outside the window and begin to use the canvas. here is how it goes:
Now, open up the window by double-clicking the color (for this example, maroon), then click the "Define Custom Colors" button. If you notice, the gray-scale should be set for the color chosen. So now go to the black arrow next to the gray-scale and move it up and down. notice that the lightness of the color changes? here, observe:
When you get the color to the lightness or darkness you want, you click "OK", and the color will change. then, with your tool, put a square next to the one you made. Notice the color is lighter then the first? (or darker, depending on what route you chose to take). repeat this with the same color: opening the window, changing the lightness or darkness of the color, clicking OK", then putting the square next to the last color. do that and the progress should be thus:
But, say you don't want to make a pallet that goes from lighter to darker. Maybe you want to go from one color to another in your pallet? Well that is possible too. but, this time, instead of playing with the gray-scale, you're going to be playing with the flood color chart.
Click the color you want to change and open up the color editing window. click "Define Custom Colors" to open the flood color chart. for this demonstration Iím going to be going from a reddish color to a greenish color. follow the same path you did as with the gray-scale maroon color. (opening the window, changing the color, clicking OK", then putting the square next to the last color with your tool.) You keep moving the black cross-sight gradually over to the desired color. like so:
Keep doing that until you get the desired pallet. it should look a little something like this:
Of course you're not limited to just moving the cross-sight sideways to get a pallet. you can move it diagonal, in circles, in an S... The possibilities are limitless! the pallets should come out interesting, I feel.
So, in closing, go experiment with your new-found knowledge of colors. It's not as hard as you would think it could be. It only looks like a monster. Don't forget to save your pallets (a 24-bit Bitmap [BMP] is preferable)! You don't want to loose your pallets, do you? But, of course, pallets are not limited to what you can make in the Color Editing Window. Nothing says you can't Copy and Paste a picture into the canvas and use your and tool to make pallets from pictures. I do that sometimes, it can help a great deal (especially when dealing with skin tone) I hope this tutorial helped you! Mwuah!